Thursday, June 3 2010 2:01 AM EDT2010-06-03 07:01:00 GMT
A longtime Las Vegas doctor faces allegations that he took advantage of female patients. In one case, Dr. Karl Fazekas is accused of trying to sexually assault a 75-year-old patient.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- A former doctor who was initially charged with sexually assaulting two of his patients was sentenced to probation Wednesday on a lesser charge of non-sexual coercion.
Karl Fazekas, a former doctor, was charged in 2010 with sexual assault, but later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. He was set to be sentenced earlier this year, but his sentencing was repeatedly postponed.
He appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court and he told the judge he did "nothing wrong" and he has "no remorse" for what happened. Fazekas, 79, said the case stemmed from a misunderstanding.
Fazekas was sentenced 19 to 48 months in prison, but it is suspended and he is on probation for five years. Fazekas is never allowed to practice medicine again.
Some of his former patients showed up at the sentencing including Margaret Underwood who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2008 when she was a patient at Sunrise Hospital. A second woman, also made an allegation.
Fazekas said he examined the women just like he would any other patient.
"I don't think she's a victim. I think she made herself a victim," he said.
Underwood, 80, told the judge she had been afraid she wouldn't live to see the sentencing because it has been delayed so long.
"I have been in the hospital with two open heart surgeries, four strokes. I can't take much more," she said. "He's a dirty old man. He's free and that's not right."
Another former patient was also at the sentencing. Victoria Rothermel says Fazekas may have saved her life and she is upset he is banned from practicing medicine.
"He can't practice anymore and I'm angry about that," she said.
Monday, September 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:06:07 GMT
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported. More>>
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:58:50 GMT
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, around 313,000 people visited Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. More>>
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:51:43 GMT
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun. More>>
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.